Teen Refugee Integration + Community Building



How do we welcome the world's displaced citizens into a better shared future? The Artivist Nest will be holding a seven day residential program in Monterosi, Italy, hosting ten migrant youth, with the participation of an array of artists, mentors, and social activists . This creative retreat will be led by a team of experienced facilitators with expertise in group dynamics, arts-based facilitation, experiential learning, social change and leadership skills.


The participants will be guided through a process that will support collaboration, community building and self expression. Seven day program to include arts therapies, video production, cross cultural and intergenerational dialogue, story telling, grief and trauma exercises and more. 

Outcomes will include increased self-confidence, new found practical skills of creative expression and a strengthened belief in their ability to make positive change in their own lives and in their communities.


Monterosi, Viterbo, Italy 


Villa Farnia



June 2022


+ Ten youth from Italian migrant community 


+ Comunita' di Sant'Egidio, Rome

+ Gani Naylor


+ Selma Turajlic


+ Documentary, Peabody award winning director, Hugo Berkeley


In collaboration with Sant Egidio, a formidable Roman charity with 70 years in service to impoverished, elderly, and displaced residents - The Artivist Nest will welcome 10 migrant youth into it's program. Group mentorship sessions will commence in Fall 2021 to welcome, orient, and prepare participants for the June 2022 retreat. One-on-one mentorship will be provided for the following year. Each participant will benefit from the support of the social network created by all involved.


+ Partnership for Youth Empowerment - PYE 

+ Elisa Sednaoui Foundation 

+ Amazing People of The World - APOW 

+ Joanna Macy


We the co founders recognize the delicacy of this subject, and the precarious nature of the politics and feelings each participant lives with. We are acting from personal agency to help in the way we can - aiming to create support, awareness, understanding and possibly some form of change in attitude in the public around the rights and realities of migrants. 

We are frustrated by our powerlessness to address the broader and more perfidious issues of war, political violence, diplomatic failure, etc., that cause the state of these refugees at the origin. 

We hope that by extending a hand to a group of brave young people, they may get a few steps further, feeling the support of their fellow global citizens, and perhaps inspired to take this work and attitude forward. 


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